This car is fun to drive and has a great powerful engine. You always have the confidence to take on any car on the road and get ahead fast. Great MPG too even-though it is a turbo car. I have never had any engine and transmission problems with my car. I have only changed the oil when service warning comes on. Handling is great too, almost like a BMW but front wheel drive characteristics. Radio went bad once because a really smart person jumped the battery and fried the amp. You take care of it, it takes care of you. It's just false word of mouth that gave this car bad rep.
Turbo engine has a lot of power and torque.
For none AERO models, suspension is way too tight and harsh for everyday driving.
I bought this car used with 63k miles on it and haven't regretted it a day since.
Knowing the history of these cars however, I made sure I had an independent mechanic familiar with the brand take a look at it before I made an offer (easily worth the $150 dollars). I don't want to put anyone down, but I believe that at least half of the poor reviews this car gets are due to A) Poor maintenance by/no knowledge of previous ownership, or B) Poor maintenance by current owner. Love this car and it will love you back, simple as that.
And don't buy a performance (or any other) car without a thorough inspection.
Tho people I suppose have been burned by a bad car regardless of their caution I guess
Solid design, intimacy of manual transmission and road feel, style, options (a 2003 with rain sensing wipers, backup assistance, automatic climate control, onstar and more??), wheels (17" 5 spoke), overall driveability.
Paint chips off the seek and blower fan buttons on the dash, seems like a common problem. Really can't complain about anything else and that should tell you something.
2003 Saab 9-3 Vector 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
At first, I was very hesitant about buying this car because I read many unsatisfying reviews on Saab.
However, bought 2003 9-3 vector in Feb 2013 under 6k, looked new inside and out, one owner and no accident.
Checked with Saab if the car had any mechanical service done.
All the recalls had been taken care of and no other mechanical issues.
After 8 months putting over 10k still feels like a new car.
But make sure you use premium gas and full synthetic oil.
Not using premium grade gas will give you check engine light.
But don't panic, it will go away if you put premium.
My $6k saab looks better and runs better than brand new camrys or accords .. love this car.
6 speeds manual with 210 hp.
Average of 30-31(mixed).
Interior and exterior design of the car.
Night driving mode.
It's lighter than Nissan Altima but feels sturdy when driving.
This is my 2nd Saab and it's just as bullet proof as the first. I picked this ARC with the 6 speed manual because of the motor. They are amazing. I average 27 mpg and 31-33 on the highway. I got the car with 92k on it because I was so comfortable with the drive train and it's not disappointed. I'm just below 200k now and put on over 700 miles this weekend. Sure there are little issues but it's 10 model years old and I paid under $7,000 for it 5 years ago so i can't possibly complain.
The rear main seal has a slow leak that the gasket sealers can't quite stop. The gas cap doesn't seal properly so the check engine light is on but all in all, it's been great.
2003 Saab 9-3 SE 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
Bought this car with 89,xxx miles on it, AUTOMATIC
I knew it needed a few cosmetic items and tires, but was a value for $4400. Solid car that is fun to drive. The AC blows so cold I had to turn it down on a 90+ degree day. Items are simple to fix like the DIC and fluid for the covnertible top. Lots of parts on eBay and videos on YouTube to help. Is quick and responsive. The Sweeds know nothing of cup holders though. The car will throw trouble codes every day. Buy a scanner when you buy a Saab. Nothing to worry about, most are harmless warnings and can be fixed without huge money. The DIC (coil pack) is the common failure for most codes, new is $500
Driving top down in a very safe car. I have more power than I think and even top down have to let off the gas when the car is rolling along over 90mph without blinking. Has been a really fun "toy" to take out on nice days and not have spent a fortune but look like I have.
Drink you drink at home. Cup holders are useless. Period. That's the only real complaint I have.